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The State Library of Pennsylvania

The State Library of Pennsylvania collects, preserves, and provides access to materials for, by, and about Pennsylvania to meet the information and research needs of all branches of state government, libraries, and the public.

The State Library of Pennsylvania's operating hours for the public are:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 5 pm
  • Second Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 4:30pm

Staff office hours are:

  • Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm 

Request All Items One Week in Advance

Due to the State Library's temporary relocation to the Commonwealth Keystone Building, all items must be requested at least one business week before a visit to the library:

Complete an online library card application to request a State Library of Pennsylvania card.  

Submit an online reference request for help with using the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Chat online with a librarian via Ask Here PA or chat online with a librarian about government information.

Visit the State Library of Pennsylvania:

Commonwealth Keystone Building
Plaza Library (Museum Plaza Wing)
400 North St.,
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0211

Location: Plaza Level (Atrium), Museum Plaza Wing
ADA Access:
Use Forster Street entrance
Saturday Access: Use Forster Street entrance
Parking: Metered parking Third St. or Forster St.

Get directions and parking information.

Email:
Circulation: ra-circulation@pa.gov 
Digital Collections: ra-digitaldocs@pa.gov
Interlibrary Loan: ra-ill@pa.gov
Library Tours: ra-tours@pa.gov
Recommendation for Purchase: ra-acquisitions@pa.gov
Rare Collections: ra-reflib@pa.gov
Reference - General: ra-reflib@pa.gov
Reference – Law and Government Documents: ra-law@pa.gov
State Government Publications: ra-govdocs@pa.gov

Call:
Circulation: 717-787-3169
Interlibrary Loan: 717-787-4130
Reference - General: 717-783-5950
Reference - Law and Government Documents: 717-787-3273
 
Visit the Makerspace (by appointment only):
State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North St., Ground Floor, Delaware Room
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Location: Ground Floor, Delaware Room
ADA Access: Use Third Street entrance
Parking: Metered parking Third St. or Forster St.

Email:
ra-edmakerspace@pa.gov